Martin Samuel for Mail Online:
Chelsea were first to the punch. As they had been at Anfield, as they were once again. At no time in 210 minutes of cup football did Liverpool lead this tie. They had done enough to win, they had the chances, they played some lovely stuff — but Chelsea found a way and Liverpool did not. So that Ivanovic goal, as meaningless as it must have seemed to the neutrals, will have really hurt them.
It was a fantastic game, and one Liverpool could very well have won. They sorely missed a lethal presence up front—Sterling was dangerous but made bad choices in front of goal.
There were thrills, there were spills — Cesc Fabregas off injured after 50 minutes, having collided in a tackle with his captain, John Terry — and there were bellyaches, mostly around Diego Costa, who was twice accused of stamping on the foot on an opponent and later booked after a scuffle with Gerrard. The first offence looked more nefariously motivated than his second, on Martin Skrtel after half-time, but there may be repercussions if referee Michael Oliver says he did not see the initial incident with Emre Can and the FA get involved.
The first stamp was a clear red but the second one wasn’t as clear. I would wager Costa meant it based on his behaviour throughout the game. He was either ill-tempered coming into the game or was trying to get under the skin of the Liverpool players. Either way, he played a dirty game and should be retroactively punished by the FA.